BMW 3 series 1983 E30 Sedan

This generation of BMW 3 series E30 has been produced from January, 1983 to January, 1991. We can provide information about 32 modifications of this generation. 1983 BMW 3 series is available with four wheel (4x4) drive (4 versions) and classical rear wheel drive (28 versions). Four wheel drive models have AWD (all wheel drive) system (power is automatically distributed between the wheel axles).

This BMW is available with nine petrol engines with displacement from 1.6 to 2.7 litres and power of from 90 to 170 horsepower un two diesel engines with displacement 2.4 litres and power of from 86 to 116 horsepower.
The car is available with both manual (16 versions), as well as automatic (16 versions) gearbox.

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BMW 3 series 1983 E30 sedan average fuel consumption in combined cycle for petrol engine is from 7.8 to 10 litres per 100km, whereas for diesel engine - from 6.9 to 7.3 litres per 100km. The most fuel efficient BMW 3 series 1983 E30 sedan petrol engine version is BMW 318i, consuming 7.8 litres per 100km. While the most fuel efficient BMW 3 series 1983 E30 sedan diesel - BMW 324d for 100 kilometers consumes 6.9 liters of diesel.
According to user reviews, BMW 3 series real-world fuel consumption is on average about approximately for 6 percents higher as the manufacturer's claimed fuel economy (on average +10% for petrol engines and the same for diesel engines). For a more detailed actual fuel economy of each model, select a specific BMW 3 series modification.

The best acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h - 8.3 seconds has BMW 325i version, conversely the tardiest one is BMW 324d reaching this speed only in 18 seconds. The maximum top speed is 218 km/h for the 2.5 petrol 6-cylinder 170 hp version (BMW 325i).

Lenght of BMW 3 series is 432 cm, it is medium size car. BMW 3 series gross weight is from 1490 to 1780 kg (depending on modification), this car is about 5 percent heavier than the average for this age and class of vehicles.

This BMW is quite costly - it can be purchased (in Latvia) for around 5000 $. Users calculated BMW 3 series 1983 cost of ownership for this generation, got average 2400 € cost per year and 0.25 € cost per one kilometer. Fuel costs were estimated at around 56%, while repair and maintenance costs - around 27% from total. We have an excellent car cost calculator, calculate ownership costs of BMW 3 series for your situation and driving habits here! Below you will find more detailed information about BMW 3 series prices and costs.

BMW 3 series modifications

Modification Engine Power Consumption Gearbox Drive type
BMW 316i Sep 1988 — Jan 1991 1.6 Petrol 99 HP 8.5 l/100km Manual (5) Rear wheel
BMW 316i Sep 1988 — Jan 1991 1.6 Petrol 99 HP 8.7 l/100km Automatic (4) Rear wheel
BMW 316 Jan 1983 — Sep 1987

Most fuel efficient petrol version

1.8 Petrol 90 HP 7.8 l/100km Manual (5) Rear wheel
BMW 316 Jan 1983 — Sep 1987

Most fuel efficient petrol version by real consumption

1.8 Petrol 90 HP 8.0 l/100km Automatic (4) Rear wheel
BMW 316i Sep 1987 — Sep 1988 1.8 Petrol 102 HP 8.6 l/100km Manual (5) Rear wheel
BMW 316i Sep 1987 — Sep 1988 1.8 Petrol 102 HP 8.9 l/100km Automatic (4) Rear wheel
BMW 318i Jan 1983 — Sep 1987

Most fuel efficient petrol version

1.8 Petrol 105 HP 7.8 l/100km Manual (5) Rear wheel
BMW 318i Jan 1983 — Sep 1987 1.8 Petrol 105 HP 8.0 l/100km Automatic (4) Rear wheel
BMW 318i Sep 1987 — Jan 1991 1.8 Petrol 113 HP 8.5 l/100km Manual (5) Rear wheel
BMW 318i Sep 1987 — Jan 1991 1.8 Petrol 113 HP 8.6 l/100km Automatic (4) Rear wheel
BMW 320i Jan 1983 — Oct 1985 2.0 Petrol 125 HP 8.6 l/100km Manual (5) Rear wheel
BMW 320i Jan 1983 — Oct 1985 2.0 Petrol 125 HP 8.6 l/100km Automatic (4) Rear wheel
BMW 320i Oct 1985 — Sep 1987 2.0 Petrol 129 HP 8.9 l/100km Manual (5) Rear wheel
BMW 320i Oct 1987 — Jan 1991 2.0 Petrol 129 HP 9.9 l/100km Manual (5) Rear wheel
BMW 320i Oct 1985 — Sep 1987 2.0 Petrol 129 HP 8.6 l/100km Automatic (4) Rear wheel
BMW 320i Oct 1987 — Jan 1991 2.0 Petrol 129 HP 9.9 l/100km Automatic (4) Rear wheel
BMW 323i Jan 1983 — Oct 1985 2.3 Petrol 150 HP 8.9 l/100km Manual (5) Rear wheel
BMW 323i Jan 1983 — Oct 1985 2.3 Petrol 150 HP 8.8 l/100km Automatic (4) Rear wheel
BMW 324d Oct 1985 — Jan 1991

Most fuel efficient diesel version

2.4 Diesel 86 HP 6.9 l/100km Manual (5) Rear wheel
BMW 324d Oct 1985 — Jan 1991 2.4 Diesel 86 HP 7.3 l/100km Automatic (4) Rear wheel
BMW 324td Oct 1987 — Jan 1991

Most powerfull diesel version (116 HP)

2.4 Diesel 116 HP 7.0 l/100km Manual (5) Rear wheel
BMW 324td Oct 1987 — Jan 1991

Most powerfull diesel version (116 HP)

2.4 Diesel 116 HP 7.0 l/100km Automatic (4) Rear wheel
BMW 325i Oct 1985 — Sep 1987

Most dynamic version - 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds

2.5 Petrol 170 HP 8.9 l/100km Manual (5) Rear wheel
BMW 325i Oct 1987 — Jan 1991

Most dynamic version - 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds

2.5 Petrol 170 HP 9.7 l/100km Manual (5) Rear wheel
BMW 325i Oct 1985 — Sep 1987 2.5 Petrol 170 HP 8.8 l/100km Automatic (4) Rear wheel
BMW 325i Oct 1987 — Jan 1991 2.5 Petrol 170 HP 9.9 l/100km Automatic (4) Rear wheel
BMW 325iX 4x4 Oct 1985 — Sep 1987

Most dynamic version - 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds

2.5 Petrol 170 HP 8.9 l/100km Manual (5) All wheel
BMW 325iX 4x4 Oct 1987 — Jan 1991 2.5 Petrol 170 HP 10.0 l/100km Manual (5) All wheel
BMW 325iX 4x4 Oct 1986 — Sep 1987 2.5 Petrol 170 HP 8.9 l/100km Automatic (4) All wheel
BMW 325iX 4x4 Oct 1987 — Jan 1991 2.5 Petrol 170 HP 10.0 l/100km Automatic (4) All wheel
BMW 325e Oct 1986 — Sep 1987 2.7 Petrol 129 HP 8.4 l/100km Manual (5) Rear wheel
BMW 325e Oct 1986 — Sep 1987 2.7 Petrol 129 HP 8.4 l/100km Automatic (4) Rear wheel
BMW 3 series service and maintenanceOil change intervals, capacities and specifications, service information for filters, spark plugs, belts etc.

BMW 3 series prices

BMW 3 series 1983 - 1991 sedan price in Latvia is from 2400 $ to 9000 $.
Comparing to analogical vehicles BMW 3 series price is very high - BMW 3 series is more than two times more expensive then average sedans of this age (compare sedans 1983 - 1991 prices). BMW 3 series high price can be explained by its quality above average (see below), therefore this BMW could be reasonable purchase in long term perspective.

YearLowestAverageHighestAvailability
BMW 3 series 1989 price 5000 $ 7000 $ 9000 $
BMW 3 series 1988 price 4400 $ 5500 $ 8000 $
BMW 3 series 1987 price 3000 $ 5000 $ 6500 $
BMW 3 series 1985 price 3300 $ 5000 $ 8000 $
BMW 3 series 1984 price 2400 $ 3700 $ 5000 $
BMW 3 series 1983 price 3000 $ 3900 $ 4400 $

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BMW 3 series 1983 E30 sedan features (options)

Percentage of BMW 3 series with corresponding feature (option)

Metallic paint
65%
Sunroof
44%

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BMW 3 series 1992 Sedan Petrol 1.8 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2013 (age of car 21 year) Owned for:30`000 kilometers (2 years)
Average fuel consumption: 8.0 litres per 100km (70% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 255.3 $ (~ 127 $ per year)
Total car rating:
7
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